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    • Jamalludin Harun [email_address] BLOG IN TEACHING & LEARNING Something More Than Just Technology
      • New teaching and learning paradigm
        • Student centred approach
        • Competence/Outcome based
      • New roles of - Educators
      • - Students
      • - Institutions
      • “ Our students have changed radically.Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach ” .
      • Mark Prensky, “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”
    • Introduction
    • Introduction w h y w e b l o g s ?
      • Educators have picked up on the creative use of this Internet technology and put the blog to work in the classroom.
      • The education blog can be a powerful and effective technology tool for students and educators alike.
      • Blogs are one of the most representative tools of Web 2.0. They offer flexibility, adaptability, and integration with other tools.
      • Blogs in Plain English
      • http://commoncraft.com/blogs
      Use of Blogs
      • A blog (sometimes referred to as a weblog) is a Web publishing tool that allows authors to quickly and easily self-publish text, artwork, links to other blogs or Web sites, and a whole array of other content.
      What is a Blog?
      • Blogs are set-up like conventional Web sites, with navigation links, and other standard Web site features.
      • Blogs have one standard characteristic, however: the posting.
      • Blog postings are text entries, similar to a diary or journal, which include a posting date and may include comments by people other than the author, photos, links, or other digital media.
      What is a Blog?
      • The Blogging basics are …
      • Post
      • Comment
      • Link
      • http://fizik-fizik.blogspot.com/
      What is a Blog?
      • Technologies do NOT change teaching & learning, but can help us to introduce new methodologies and learning environments.
      Blog in Teaching & Learning Blogs support: knowledge building reflection monitoring sharing archiving Possibilities of Web 2.0 tools
    • Bloom’s Taxonomy experimenting, monitoring implementing, executing designing, planning, producing organising, attributing, integrating summarising, inferring, paraphrasing recognising, identifying, retrieving
      • Like the general blogging community, there are many ways to use blogging in teaching and learning.
      • You can use an existing blog to provide information and insights.
      • They can also help you provide examples to increase the quality of your students' blog entries. Or, you can encourage your students to create a blog for others that reflects these ideas.
      Blog in Teaching & Learning
      • Blogs work well for students because they can be worked on at virtually any time, in any place with an Internet-enabled computer.
      • Hence, they can be used by educators to create a classroom that extends beyond the boundaries of the classroom.
      Educational Blogging…??
      • Providing teachers with an excellent tool for communicating with students.
      • Highly motivating to students, especially those who otherwise might not become participants in classrooms.
      • Excellent opportunities for students to read, write and reflect.
      • Effective forums for collaboration and discussion.
      • Powerful tools to enable scaffolded learning or mentoring to occur.
      Educational Benefits of Blogs
      • Provides an additional mode for writing.
      • Engages writing skills.
      • Presents writing as an instructional tool in the content areas.
      • Incorporates technology.
      • Makes learning relevant.
      • Boosts students’ self-confidence.
      • Engages various learning styles.
      • Facilitates critical thinking.
      • Meets district and state learning standards.
      Educational Benefits of Blogs
      • teachers to provide feedback and to monitor students’ performance more effectively
      • self-assessment and continued assessment
      • personal reflection.
      • tracking all the process (by students themselves and by teachers).
      Blogs Facilitate…
      • Text
      • Images
      • Videos
      • Audio Files
      • PowerPoint Presentation
      • Link to other blogs and web pages
      • etc…
      What a Blog Can Have..?
      • Okay, that’s interesting, but how can I use blogging in my classroom?
      Educational Blogging…??
      • As an educational tool, blogs may be integrated in a multi-faceted manner to accommodate all learners.
      • Blogs can serve at least four basic functions.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Classroom Management
      • Class blogs can serve as a portal to foster a community of learners.
      • As they are easy to create and update efficiently, they can be used to inform students of class requirements, post handouts, notices, and homework assignments, or act as a question and answer board.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Collaboration
      • Blogs provide a space where educators and students can work to further develop writing or other skills with the advantage of an instant audience.
      • Educators can offer instructional tips, and students can practice and benefit from peer review.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Collaboration
      • They also make online mentoring possible. For example, a class of older students can help a class of younger students develop more confidence in their writing skills.
      • Students can also participate in cooperative learning activities that require them to relay research findings, ideas, or suggestions.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Discussions
      • A class blog opens the opportunity for students to discuss topics outside of the classroom.
      • With a blog, every person has an equal opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Student Portfolios
      • Blogs present, organize, and protect student work as digital portfolios.
      • As students realize their efforts will be published, they are typically more motivated to produce better writing.
      • Expert or peer mentoring advice can be easily kept for future reference.
      Using Blog in the Classroom
      • Start exploring with the tool, what you can do, how does it work, etc.
      • Seek help from colleagues who have tried it.
      • Read other educators’ blogs; how they use categories, how they organize the information, how often they blog, how they give instructions to students, etc.
      So…Ready to Blog…?
    • Steps for Getting Started on Blogs
      • Go to one of the available free blogging sites (for example: Blogger or WordPress).
      • Provide the necessary information requested. (user name, password)
      • Create a title for your blog.
      • Accept terms and select a template.
      • Write and Publish!
      • Blogger
        • http://www.blogger.com
      • Wordpress
        • http://wordpress.com
      • BlogDrive
        • http://www.blogdrive.com
    • Some other Blog Platforms…
      • B2Evolution http://b2evolution.net/
      • LiveJournal http://www.livejournal.com/
      • Edublogs http://edublogs.org/
      • Twitter (microblogging) http://twitter.com
    • Blogs to Visit and Explore
      • http://authoringsystem.blogspot.com/
      • http://ainjoe.wordpress.com/
      • http://fizik-fizik.blogspot.com/
      • http://stochastix.wordpress.com/
      • http://osumaterials.wordpress.com/
      • http://lisahistory.net/wordpress/
      • http://nobullets.wordpress.com/
      • http://thereflectiveteacher.wordpress.com
      • http://scyuen.wordpress.com/
      • http://web2videos.blogspot.com/
      • http://www.freetech4teachers.com/